SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- God tells David to go to Hebron where he is anointed king of Judah.
- David sends out a message thanking the men of Jabesh Gilead who had risked their lives to bury Saul's body.
- The rest of Israel did not accept David's kingship. Instead, Abner made Ish-Bosheth king over Israel.
- With God's people divided between Judah and Israel, there was constant tension between the north and the south. This included the incident recorded in this chapter.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- Before moving forward with what seems obvious, first bring the matter to God, who alone knows the best timing. Although David knew he would become king, and although the time seemed right now that Saul was dead, David still asked God if he should move back to Judah, the home territory of his tribe.
- Persistence is a good trait if it is for a worthy cause. But when the goal is only personal honor or gain, persistence can be unwise. Asahel's pursuit of Abner cost him his life, and it added to the disunity in David's army.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- What is a significant decision you are facing currently? Does the answer seem obvious? Even so, take some time right now to seek God's wisdom and direction for your decision. God knows what's best for you and the right time to act on your decision.
- What goal are you currently pursuing? Is it a pursuit for only personal gain or is it for good? Before you decide to pursue a goal (at home or at work), make sure it is worthy of your devotion.